Vaginal Pinworm

Approved Doctor(s) ; Amit Bhatt , Sunguk Jang • Jan 30, 2024

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What are vaginal pinworms?

The vaginal worm, which has a white and thin structure, reaches a size of approximately 6-13 millimeters. They are the most common type of parasite worldwide and are usually found in the stomach and intestines. However, it lays eggs on the skin in the anal and vaginal area. It then continues its life in the intestines.

In the case of vaginal pinworms, pinworms continue their natural life cycle inside the vagina and the infection caused by them is seen in this area. Vaginal pinworms usually come out at night to lay eggs on the skin around the vagina and anus and then return to the vagina.

Symptoms of vaginal pinworms

The characteristic symptom of vaginal pinworm is itching. Itching increases the prevalence of infection in the area. In this case, pinworms can carry out their life cycle in a more comfortable way. Other symptoms of vaginal pinworm include the following.

  • Widespread itching in the vagina
  • Frequent urination
  • Redness in the vaginal area
  • Frequent recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Pain and burning during sexual intercourse
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Pinworm damage

Pinworms usually do not cause serious damage. However, in rare cases, if the infection progresses, the parasite can reach the vagina from the anal area. Once in the vagina, pinworms can also move around the pelvic organs and uterus. In addition, rare complications include the following.

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal and reproductive organ infections
  • Skin infections

How to get rid of pinworms in 3 hours?

It is not possible for pinworms, which are extremely easy to treat, to fall out within 3 hours. Treatment needs to be continued for a few days to a few weeks for the treatment to work.

How to relieve pinworm itch?

To relieve the itching caused by pinworms, the creams prescribed by the doctor and used topically have a great effect. It is also possible to relieve itching with home remedies. Among the most preferred recipes for this, cures made with apple cider vinegar and garlic and cures made with garlic and vaseline are preferred.

Question: I'm having severe itching in my vagina, and it's as if a worm is moving around my vulva to my anus and back to my vulva non-stop, now leading to a wound in my vulva because of the itching.

C** C** | 27 Mar 2024

Dr. Julia J Wattacheril answered | 84 days ago
Severe itching and sores caused by scratching between the vulva and anus can be indicators of many different health problems. These issues may include infections, parasite infections such as pinworms, sexually transmitted diseases, fungal infections, and certain skin conditions like eczema. Due to the potential for multiple underlying causes, the exact reason can be understood through examination and various tests.
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